Acquired: Pet store
Posted May 25, 2015
Gizmo was 1 year old when I first got him. He had never been hand fed and live in a pet store most of his life. Because he was never hand fed he was semi-aggressive for several years. I fixed this by spending constant amounts of time with him and hand feeding him. The key to this birds heart is thru its beak and ears. After hand feeding him for about a year he started to become very friendly. He also enjoys the dance music that I make/listen to. Gizmo will still not let you hold him, but he will climb on your finger, let you pet him and sing some of his songs to you.
I have friends that have cockatiels that can mimic full words and beautiful songs. You have to teach it songs or it will make up its own which are not always the best.
Night frights are important to be aware of, cockatiels cannot see when they first wake up and can be easily startled. The crest on their head stands when they are agitated or startled. They also make an alert call when they are scared or nervous.
Cockatiels are a great family pet, they get along great with people. Make sure to wash your hands BEFORE handling them as bacteria that is harmless to us can be very harmful to them. If you want someone who is going to sing to get your attention and greet you with aloud chirp every morning, get a cockatiel!